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Third county judgeship still undetermined

The impoundment of ballots to determine the winner of the 25th Congressional District race is holding up the final tally of a Monroe County Court judgeship.

John Conklin, director of public information for the New York State Board of Elections, said Wednesday that members of the Republican and Democratic parties appeared in court in Albany County earlier in the day to keep a ballot impoundment in place.

An Albany County Supreme Court judge issued a statewide impoundment the day after the Nov. 2 general election. Conklin said it is now in place for the 25th Congressional District race, which includes a large part of northeastern Monroe County.

The holdup also is delaying the determination of a winner in the race for one of three vacant seats on the Monroe County Court.

The third and fourth highest vote getters, Justice Vicki Argento and Judge Kelly Wolford, respectively, are waiting for absentee ballots to be opened. Justice Argento led Judge Wolford by 2,595 votes Nov. 2, but more than 7,600 absentee ballots to be counted.

Judge Wolford was appointed in May to fill a vacancy, which could go to Justice Argento, depending on the count. Results could possibly be known Friday or as late as Nov. 24, the deadline for military and overseas ballots.

The count will not affect the top two voter getters, Justice Vincent M. Dinolfo and Justice James J. Piampiano, whose lead margins exceed the number of absentee ballots.

In the 25th Congressional District, Republican Ann Marie Buerkle has a slight lead over incumbent Democrat Daniel Maffei, who is seeking a second two-year term. The vote, as of Wednesday afternoon, was 99,594 versus Maffei’s 98,935.
Conklin said absentee ballots are also impounded in three state senate races and six assembly districts that do not include Monroe County.

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